Your place in history

The Library plays a unique role in Victoria's cultural landscape and social history, providing a place where all Victorians enjoy equal access to information.

We continue to improve lives by promoting literacy, and fostering a genuine love of learning and creativity. We believe that these services remain as critical to the wellbeing and economic development of Victoria today as they did when Redmond Barry opened the doors in 1856.

The Library of the future depends on you

We have now reached a pivotal point in the Library’s history where we are reimagining the future in the face of unprecedented changing community needs and emerging digital technologies.

The result is a unique opportunity for you to join us as we undertake the most profound reinvention of the Library in our 160-year history. A donation of $5000 to Your place in history will help create the State Library of tomorrow.

Your place in history

Since 1913 the Library’s domed reading room has been the symbolic heart of our great institution. Now called the La Trobe Reading Room, it retains the original reading desks, tables and chairs crafted from fine Queensland silky oak timber, radiating out from the central dais.

You too can celebrate the scholarship and innovation this architectural icon has inspired by creating an enduring tribute for someone you love, to commemorate a milestone, or to honour a company founder or colleague.

A donation of $5000 is acknowledged with a bronze plaque inscribed with a dedication or short message of your choice. Installed on one of the heritage desks in the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, it becomes part of the fabric of this incredible space.

To find out more, contact us on 03 8664 7589 or